Updated: Mar 22, 2020
A lot of people are feeling a sense of powerlessness right now. There's a lot of uncertainty with the Coronavirus, schools closing, volatility in the financial markets, a toilet paper hoarding.
If you’re feeling anxious, fearful or burdened, I want you to know that your brain is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. Its job is to constantly scan for threats and dangers, and it’s being fed a lot of evidence from the media and other sources to prove that it’s right, the world is unsafe.
The problem is when we don’t pay attention to it and redirect it, we are overcome with feelings of fear and are less conscious and thoughtful about our reactions.
We catastrophize about the future and distract from the solution by overeating, overdrinking and spending a lot of time on social media.
We make hasty decisions about our investments and buy things we don’t need instead of strategizing and taking thoughtful action to weather the storm and emerge stronger.
We are also unable access feelings of peace and relief in what is certain: we are healthy, taking proper precautions and have what we need in this present moment. And, all the progress being made against the Coronavirus and people coming together all over the world to help is discounted.
So, what’s the solution? Focus on what’s in your control. The only thing that you can control is your mind. You get to deliberately decide how you want to think, feel and act.
Become aware of your thoughts
Notice the scarcity thinking, catastrophizing and all the other thoughts that are causing you to feel stressed and anxious. Taking stock of what's true and what you've convinced yourself is true will give you some relief to start.
Feel it all
You’re supposed to feel fearful and anxious when things are chaotic and uncertain. Allow yourself to feel these uncomfortable feelings instead of avoiding them so they can flow through you. Doing this will help you stop worrying about the future because you will know you can handle any negative emotion that may come up.
Be intentional with your actions
Consciously decide what actions would better serve you and change your thinking to make it a reality. Speaking to your employer about flexible work arrangements, consulting with a trusted financial advisor, socially distancing, limiting your exposure to the media and embracing the slower pace of life, being present and taking in all the good stuff are all going to come with uncomfortable feelings because it’s not the social norm or what you’re used to.
Choose new thoughts that support your decisions and create feelings of confidence instead like “this is temporary, “I want to be part of the solution” and “my mental health is a priority.”
We can collectively shift to be solution and community focused and driven by love instead of fear.
What we’re experiencing in the world right now is the reality of being alive and it’s not easy.
But it can also be an opportunity to learn to manage your mind, be present and grow as a human.
If you’d like to learn some tools and skills to help empower you to handle the current uncertainty or anything life throws at you in the future, I’d love to help.
Book a FREE SESSION with me today.